The choir came into being as Tuggerah Lakes Circuit Choir in January 1973 under the Leadership of Rev. Walter Whitbread.  Rehearsals were initially held on Friday evenings but then changed to Tuesday evenings at The Entrance/Long Jetty Methodist (Uniting) Church Hall. From a small beginning it had grown in numbers and musical ability. By 1977 there was 60 members who came from all sections of the community in the Tuggerah Lakes district.

January 1979 Thea Dzirkalas was appointed as Musical Director. In April 1979 the title of the choir became Tuggerah Lakes Community Choir which was still an activity of the Uniting Church until February 1982 when the choir members voted that it become autonomous to encourage all denominations. The choir became a group of people who love to sing with no barriers of age or denomination within its membership. Thea was extremely conscientious and combined with many other musical groups for the following performances over her two and half year span.

Greg Ellsmore was appointed Musical Director in April 1982 with assistant, Margaret Keech.  It was at this time that the choir was renamed the Tuggerah Lakes Choral Society. Greg lived in Sydney and so it was not always possible for him to commute to the coast for rehearsals, or for some performances, so Margaret Keech assisted in conducting the choir.Greg resigned at the end of 1982 because of the commuting difficulties to the coast.

Phil Rees was Musical Director from 1983 to 1988.  He was a brilliant musician with an ability to play many instruments such as the Tuba and Trombone plus Flute and Saxophone while teaching at the "Central Coast Grammar School". 

In 1984, Margaret Keech and her husband, Eric, designed a logo for membership badges.  To this date they are still being produced by G.A. Miller Metal Industries Pty Ltd at Rydalmere.

From 1988 to 1995 Rosalind Sneddon was the Musical Drector. Roz had attained 2 degrees from the Conservatorium of Music. She then became Music Teacher and Choir Mistress at St. Patricks College, Campbelltown. Her and her husband came to the Central Coast in 1985. Much to the Societies disappointment Roz was returning to a family property at Tamworth and so advertisement for a new Musical Director took place in 1996.

From 1996 to 2002 Tony Corbett was the Musical Drector. Tony had been a member for three and a half years.  He was an organist and choirmaster in Devon, England until moving to Australia with his wife, Janet, to be near their family.  He then became organist and choirmaster at St. Christopher's Church, Bateau Bay, and also played in churches in Sydney and Gosford.  "From the moment I joined the choir I have had enormous respect for Roz and her musical skills and have really enjoyed singing in the bass section under her direction" Tony said.  "Following in her footsteps will not be easy, but I have pledged to continue with the same philosophy and standards and most important, retain the enjoyment and wonderful family atmosphere of the society. In 2001 Tony and his wife Janet decided that they wanted to spend more time travelling, particularly around Australia after buying a caravan so they left the Society with Coralie Carr stepping into the position of Musical Director.

In August 2002 Coralie Carr was appointed Musical Director. Coralie studied music from the age of 7 and became an accomplished pianist, singer and Tenor Horn player.  She was a member of Gosford Choral Society and Gosford Musical Society before joining Tuggerah Lales Circuit Choir. Coralie is a long standing member and the societies accompanist since 1975.  She became a life member in 1998.  Her profession is a music teacher.  She is a marvellous sight reader. Her name is known to many people here on the Central Coast as she has been  accompanist for Gosford Musical Society and Wyong Musical Theatre Company and plays for Lake Singers and the Harmonies.  For many years she has been playing in Tuggerah Lakes District Brass Band now Tuggerah Lakes Show Band.

The core of the Tuggerah Lakes Choral Society’s activity is the three programs performed annually, usually at Easter, August and Christmas.  At the present time the performances are held at various venues.   


The Society welcomes new members in all sections.
Rehearsals are held each Tuesday evenings commencing at 5.30pm
St Andrews Presbyterian Church hall, The Entrance Road, The Entrance
( opposite The Entrance Primary School )
Phone: 02 4359 2128  Email: tlcs@tlcs.org.au

All positions were declared vacant. Committee members standing down were thanked for their contribution to the Society over the past twelve months.
Nominations were received and accepted for the following positions:
President: Ken Vesper
Vice President: Paul Logan
Hon Secretary: Angela Tibbles
Treasurer: Noeline Darcy
Librarian: Vacant
Social Convenor: Jean Hanlon
Committee Members: Christina Ghatt & Jean Hanlon